Burton Scott, 5-10.5, 190-pounds, Athlete
Vigor High School
Coach Kerry Stephenson
Burton Scott: "I chose Alabama because I will have a chance to come in and play early. I had opportunities at other schools, but I could come in the fastest at Alabama and play right away."
Coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "Coach Saban is a good guy and good recruiter. I don't feel like I got recruited. There wasn't something he said that made me commit. I just weighed my options. I wanted to play for a team that needed me, not that just wanted me."
Coach Kerry Stephenson: "He's a truly, truly special kid. Not just talented. He has a big personality. He doesn't meet a stranger, really respectful person and a heck of a football player. A lot of people look at him and think he's arrogant, but he's just a hard-working kid that believes in himself."
"He'll be successful because he is going to work his tail off. He believes if he outworks you he will always have a chance to come up on top. And that, he will definitely do. He will outwork you."
"He'll be successful wherever he plays [position]. He is going to be successful whether he plays receiver of defensive back. Like I said he's just a talented kid."
"A lot of times he's had requests, and he's had kids writing him and wanting him to sign cards and pictures. He always signs them and sends them back. He loves that part of it also."
"You can't go wrong with B.J. Scott. The thing that sticks out to me the most is the last play-off game we played (Charles Henderson, 21-14). We played pretty good. We played good enough to win and had some bad calls and plays called back on penalties, but he stood up in front of those young guys at the end of that ballgame and told them don't cry, hold your heads up men. You played good enough to win. You young boys really impressed me. Just keep working like you're working, and you'll get past this one next year."
"He's not going to hold back. He's going to work to win, and he's going to make sure you're working your tail off too."
"He came in as an eighth grader for me, and in his 10th grade year I asked him to be a team leader because we didn't have anybody else to do it. I told him B.J. you're going to have to be the leader."
"He said, "Coach I don't want to be a snitch." I told him B.J. being a leader isn't being a snitch, being a leader you've got to find a way to get everybody doing what they are supposed to do. You're doing what you're supposed to do, and you've got to get everybody else to do what they are supposed to do even when they aren't being watched. That went a long way with him."
2007 Stats: Scott finished his senior season with 917 yards rushing with nine touchdowns and 834 yards passing and another eight touchdowns. He had over 2,000 all-purpose yards with his return yardage. These numbers include a two game sting where Scott had to sit out due to an injury.
Accolades 2007: Scout.com National 100 member, Scout.com four-star and 7th best cornerback in nation, Star of Alabama, Under Armour All-Star game selection, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game selection.
Press Register Elite 18, No.21 on Press Register Super Southeast 120, Channel 5-Mobile Player of the Week, Optimist Club Two Time Player of the Week, Cellular South Player of the Week.
Scott has a 40-inch vertical jump.